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PODS Monitoring Research The idea of the monitoring program at PODS is that we do not act alone but instead we create a model for other facilities up and down the coast of BC to join in collaborative monitoring studies. Our hope is to form a network of stations in col- laboration with the Coastal Ocean Research Institute sponsored by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre that together pro- vide a truly comprehensive and representative picture of the spa- tial and temporal changes of spe- cies along the entire coast. Some possible monitoring pro- grams might include Invasive subtidal and intertidal marine species monitoring - par- ticularly tunicates and green crab Baseline monitoring for ground fish and other non-target species Salmon escapement monitoring walking the creeks Juvenile salmon monitoring Support the Sliammon First Na- tions in monitoring herring recruit- ment Surf-zone foraging fish egg sur- veillance Kelp and sea grass drone sur- veys Fixed quadrat intertidal fauna and flora surveying Hydrophonic surveying of Pender Harbour and the Malaspina Strait Continued citizen-science monitoring of the Salish Sea with support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation Pinniped seal and sea lions and other marine mammal population surveys Monitoring of stickleback spe- cies-pairs lakes for aquatic macro- phytes and macroinvertebrates Monitoring watersheds for changes in biodiversity Monitoring of sea bird colonies Identification and monitoring sponge reefs Pender Harbour offers important opportunities for marine and freshwater research because of its proximity to the biogeo- graphical intersection of the rugged Georgia and Malaspina Straits and the protected Sechelt In- let. These water bodies are linked by the Skookumchuck Rapids with their dynamic tidal exchange and highly biodiverse ora and fauna. The coastal region includes fjords deep-water chan- nels basins shallow tidal ats estuaries and sea grass beds that are home to a wide variety of life forms. The ever-changing distribution of marine fauna reects dynamic conditions stemming from nutrient ux temperature and current stratification. 07 Water is the driving force of all nature. Leonardo De Vinci